BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — As high school sports start to rev up this fall also comes the threat of injury, including concussions.

High school teams are ready to take on competition this fall. Dunham High Coach Neil Weiner said they’re one of them.

“We’re excited about being able to play and I’m just really always looking forward to watching our guys go play on Friday nights,” he said.

In contact sports like football, basketball and soccer, concussions are not uncommon.

“In soccer every year, we’re going to have one or two concussions in football. It’s around the same thing in basketball, maybe one. And that’s typically the sports that you’ll see at the most,” said Weiner.

“In general, you know, the fall is probably our busiest time for concussion just with football and soccer, typically,” added Ochsner Sports Medicine Physician Dr. Sean Bradley.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 173,000 children and teens are treated in hospital emergency rooms across the country each year for concussions and other traumatic brain injuries.

Dr. Bradley said to beware of the symptoms.

“When someone has a headache, maybe they’re a little bit confused, not acting the way they normally would, maybe some dizziness, some light sensitivity,” he described.

High school teams put protocols in place for when their athletes take a blow.

“Our trainers can take a look at those athletes, judge whether or not they need to immediately see an actual doctor or if it’s a matter of, ‘Hey, we’re going to monitor them a little bit longer,'” said Weiner.

Dr. Bradley said if you’ve experienced a concussion, you have to pass a balance test to be released because an athlete’s health is a priority for performance.

“I think specifically about concussion, right, you have to have that reaction time, that process and speed to make sure that you can do those things on the field at that high level,” said Dr. Bradley.

“If a great player has got to come out for a concussion and miss one week versus doing a lot more serious damage and missing an entire season, he would be letting his teammates down. They need to be aware of themselves and take care of their teammates as well,” added Weiner.

Ochsner Health says Tylenol is preferred after a concussion, but anti-inflammatories and alcohol should be avoided.

For more information on concussions and the signs, click here.